Nuns and Guns

REL-D 369 — Spring 2023

Instructor
Sonia Velázquez
Days and Times
MW 11:30AM - 12:45PM
Course Description

Nuns breaking into a high security nuclear arms plant to protest the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. A nun on the run holding a rifle. Why are these images at once disturbing and fascinating? In this class we will attempt to make sense of our understanding of these celibate women who under the guise of obedience also proclaim their right to resist. We shall consider historical cases of nuns in times of war and peace as well as explore the appeal of nuns with guns in popular culture in different textual and visual genres from the European Middle Ages and colonial seventeenth-century Mexico to contemporary nuns in the United States and Africa.

Credits: CASE A&H